John R. Baskin Sr. is currently an Executive Sales Manager at Fletcher Jones Motorcars in Newport Beach, Ca and a former Army Captain and Black Hawk Pilot for the 101st Airborne Division during Desert Storm. He spent 13 years in the Military before leaving in 1993. His father Colonel (Reverend), Ronald R. Baskin served in both the Korean and Vietnam War before retiring after 33 years of decorated Service. His older brother and his first born son both served in the US Army as well.
John lost his father to cancer in 2012 and felt a strong calling to give back and honor Colonel Baskin who after retiring, spent many unselfish hours administering to homeless, broken and forgotten soldiers at VA Hospitals in Indiana, Illinois, Texas, and Georgia. So in August of 2012, Patriots-Promise was founded.
Our Mission is to provide third party event planning/fundraising services to Veterans Organizations who are focused on long term help for homeless, disabled and at risk Veterans. Additionally, we provide immediate support for Veterans who are at risk, while coordinating with other agencies for long term care and outreach. Patriot’s Promise was founded on the military promise “Never Leave a Soldier Behind.” We focus on educating our community in recognizing “at risk” Veterans and the need to letting them know they are not forgotten. Our Slogan is: “Streets are for cars, not Veterans”.
For the last two years we have chosen Veterans Legal Institute as our donor for our fundraising effort. We are blessed to have Fletcher Jones Motorcars, the largest Mercedes Benz Dealership in the US, as a sponsor, providing their Million Dollar Facility for our “Evening of Honor”, the second Tuesday of November each year!
Fletcher Jones Motorcars and Veterans Legal Institute will host Patriots-Promise 2019 on Tuesday, November 12, 2019, from 5:30 pm to 9:00 pm at 3300 Jamboree Road Newport Beach, Ca 92660. You can help at-risk veterans here in Orange County by donating items to our live and silent auction! You can donate items by downloading the .pdf form.
The Patriot’s Promise 2019 event will host local restaurants who will be preparing delicious food and beverage pairings. Each guest will have an extraordinary experience beginning with an elegant military-style reception line, the Presentation of Colors, the National Anthem being sung by the multi-talented Skyla and then local DJ’s will be spinning the latest and greatest old school and new school tunes. We will have one of a kind items in our silent auction and hourly raffles with items donated by our vendors, celebrities, and sports figures. OC and LA Designers will display unique Fashions as their models make their way around the event. A cigar lounge will be available for pairing the Slovak Republic beverage of your choice with your favorite cigar brand!
Veterans Legal Institute® (VLI) provides pro bono legal assistance to the homeless, at risk, disabled and low-income current and former service members. VLI is helping Veterans eradicate barriers to housing, healthcare, education, employment, and foster self-sufficiency. VLI also advocates on behalf of its clients by providing community education and policy advocacy to increase awareness, resources, and overall protection to current and former members of the US military.
Patriot’s Promise was founded in 2012 by John R. Baskin. John is an Executive Sales Associate at Fletcher Jones Motorcars. He is a former Army Captain/Helicopter Pilot and Desert Storm Veteran. John felt a strong calling to give back and honor his father Colonel (Reverend), Ronald R. Baskin. Colonel Baskin served in both the Korean and Vietnam War before retiring after 33 years of decorated service. Colonel Baskin spent many unselfish hours administering to homeless, broken and forgotten soldiers at VA Hospitals in Indiana, Illinois, Texas, and Georgia. Colonel Baskin passed away in 2010. This year we will also pay honor to John’s brother, former Army Major Ronald R. Baskin Jr. who passed away unexpectedly in 2013